Amid the prevailing law and order crisis in Manipur, Chief Minister N Biren Singh met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi in connection with the recent unprecedented events of violence in the state.
The chief minister, accompanied by state ministers, MLAs and state BJP president A Sharda Devi, rushed to Delhi on Sunday after Union Home Minister Amit Shah summoned them to Delhi amid fresh reports of violence and continuing unrest in the state.
A special aircraft arrived at the Imphal Airport on Sunday at around 10 am and the team led by N Biren Singh left Imphal at around 11.30 am, sources said.
The ministers who went along with the chief minister included Agriculture Minister Th Biswajit, MAHUD Minister Y Khemchand, Works Minister Govindas and Education Minister Th Basanta Kumar, the sources said.
The chief minister along with his ministerial colleagues and the state BJP president met Amit Shah at around 7 pm Sunday, the sources said, adding that the meeting continued till 9.30 pm. While the main focus of the meeting is said to the the present crisis situation in the state, what transpired in the meeting is yet to be ascertained.
The meeting was held in the wake of the demand for a separate administration for the Kukis raised by 10 MLAs belonging to the Kuki-Chin-Mizo group. According to the sources, the 10 MLAs are camping in Dimapur, Nagaland.
Meanwhile, sporadic incidents of violence are being reported. According to reports, suspected militants under SoO groups continued to attack security forces as well as some villages located in the peripheral areas of the valley.
Also, several heavy vehicles carrying goods and petroleum tankers are left stranded on Imphal-Dimapur road due to the blockade of national highways by miscreants.
The violent clashes between two communities - the Meitei (Meetei) and the Kuki - and arson committed in several places across 11 districts in Manipur, on May 3-4 have so far left 74 dead and 243 others injured, said Kuldiep Singh, security advisor to the Manipur government.
Imphal West recorded 25 deaths; Churachandpur 18; Imphal East 13; Bishnupur 8; Tengnoupal and Thoubal 2 each, he told mediapersons during a breifing in Imphal on Sunday.
In the violence, several residential houses, places of worship and other establishments were also burned, leaving thousands homeless and displaced.
Altogether 46,145 stranded people have been evacuated to relief camps and to some other villages and around 3,124 stranded people have also been evacuated to other state by flight so far, the security advisor said on Sunday.